Actress, host, comedienne Suzzane Whang passed away at an early age of 56 after sustaining a long battle with cancer. Her partner, Jeff Vezain shared the news on Facebook.
"A lifetime of love, adventure, humor, and bliss now lives in our memories," he began a lengthy post. "On Tuesday evening around 7:20 pm, Suzanne breathed her last breath here at home, as I knelt beside her and caressed her. For thirteen years she confronted cancer with courage, humor, determination, and optimism. She was immensely encouraged by the love of her family, friends and those she had yet to meet. Your kind, loving messages always lifted her spirits."
"I know she would prefer that her life be celebrated, as opposed to her passing mourned, but I also know how vehemently she disagreed with anyone being told, ‘Don't cry,'" he continued. "So…cry if you will. I've been crying a LOT! And laughing…and everything in between. It's all part of life, but laughter was a staple of our dynamic. Her audacious sense of humor blessed many, shocked a few, but allowed us to laugh in the face of adversity."
"She was an amazing daughter, sister, friend, mentor and advocate," her partner wrote. "As I, her family and her closest friends process her transition, we ask for your prayers and loving thoughts. We have appreciated all of the kind words and memories shared on her Facebook page. It has brought much comfort. As I say good bye to a soul who was more than a true love, but also a best friend and an intellectual and spiritual book-end, know that we may not be able to respond to queries, but will try to keep you updated. Thank you."
HGTV also paid tribute to their beloved star.
"Suzanne was warm, funny and kind with a distinctive voice that made everyone feel at home," the network said in a statement to E! News. "Our HGTV family mourns her loss and wishes to express deepest condolences to her friends, fans and family who knew and loved her."
Our thoughts are with her family at this time.